Here is another embroidered shawl from Kashmir from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. This one is for a man – unlike the shawl I showed before (Embroidery of Kashmir I, Embroidery of Kashmir II), it has no central motif.
The border is quite intricate. It must have taken a lot of time to work it around such a large piece.
Here are some photos of the details:
The ends are worked with some type of drawn thread fringe similar to hemstitching.
This shawl is signed by the creator. In fact, these are produced in workshops. Each workshop has its own copyrighted paisley designs, and someone familiar with the embroideries can tell which one created a shawl based on the embroidered designs.
Take a look at the back.
This is one of a special series of posts based on the embroidery collection of Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on “textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture.” Over the years she has collected a number of examples of embroidery from around the world, and has very kindly allowed me to photograph them for my blog.
It’s an odd combination of colours to the European eye, but I think it really works!
The different color schemes are one of the things I really love about international embroideries.
This work is beautiful. I know as I had the most beautiful shawl in red with vivid colors in the embroidery. Others were more detailed, where the design covered the entire shawl. The thread is fine, and the work is delicate. Well worth buying one, they last forever. Thanks for reminding me of the beautiful works that are made in this world.
yes, I wish I had one.
C’est magnifique !
It’s marvellous !
Hi, You know Kashmir is a beautiful piece of land & it is an amazing area of Pakistan!
Being a Pakistani I feel proud to see your Kashmiri Embroidery pieces, very usual but admirable here too!
Thanks for this amazing post!